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The objective of a referee is not to get mentioned. I tell a lot of young referees that not being mentioned is king. If you can achieve that, that then it has been a pretty good game. Alan Lewis#Achieve 67
Alan Lewis#Achieve 67
Coaches do so much research about a referee because they believe refereeing is such a crucial part of the game that the result may hinge on what we say or do. They probably know more about me than I know myself! Alan Lewis#Believe 47
Alan Lewis#Believe 47
But then southern hemisphere teams are more skilful than their northern hemisphere counterparts, which means games can be easier to referee. Alan Lewis#Counterparts 45
Alan Lewis#Counterparts 45
The scrum and the tackle are the two really contentious areas of the game. If you get those two aspects right, most rugby matches will work in your favour. Alan Lewis#Areas 35
Alan Lewis#Areas 35
You have got to boss scrums. The players need to know what you want them to adhere to. Then it is up to them to decide whether they are adhering to that or not. Alan Lewis#Adhere 33
Alan Lewis#Adhere 33
I do my own analysis on the teams I am refereeing. I will know some of the personalities, the players who could be difficult customers in a scrum situation, the ones I am going to have to really work hard on early in the game to get what I want. Alan Lewis#Analysis 31
Alan Lewis#Analysis 31
I have three tools at my disposal - my whistle, my body language and my talk. It is a question of how I marry them up to try to get the players around to my way of thinking. Alan Lewis#Body 30
Alan Lewis#Body 30
My job is to persuade people to toe the line and play within the laws of the game. Alan Lewis#Game 28
Alan Lewis#Game 28
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